Today is Thanksgiving, and one of the things that I am thankful for as a Tri-Cities resident is the high number of fabulous local businesses located right here in our community. If you’re one of them, or if you just have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll want to pay attention to this post, because we’re going to be filling you in on all of the activities that are cooking for Small Business Week locally. It runs from October 15-19, 2012.
Entrepreneurs are investing to build better businesses, which contribute significantly to our thriving community. In order to succeed, they need the right people, technology and business skills. To help them out, Small Business Week 2012 is about sharing success stories and practical advice. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a number of events. They’re aiming to give business owners and others an edge in a competitive marketplace. And, really, who can’t use an edge?
Small Business Week in the Tri-Cities
Here’s what’s on the agenda for Small Business Week in the Tri-Cities:
- Economic Forecast, October 15, 2012, 11:15am – 1:30pm, Best Western Coquitlam Inn and Convention Centre – Leading economist Craig Alexander will share insights on the BC, Canadian and global economies.
- The Secret to Getting More Referrals, October 16, 2012, 7:45 – 9:30am, Joey Coquitlam – Speaker, author and business coach Sue Clement will share some key tactics for optimimizing your marketing efforts and increasing sales through referral relationships.
- Keys for Developing a Successful Rewards Program, October 17, 2012, 11:00am – 1:30pm, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Coquitlam – Brad Pollock, director of Overwaitea’s More Rewards Loyalty Program, will explore the ins and outs of a successful rewards program.
- Online Marketing: Impacting your Bottom Line, October 18, 2012, 4:00pm, The PoCo Inn & Suites Hotel – Ted Lau will share his online marketing insights and discuss what marketing traps to avoid. The talk will be followed by the PoCo Inn and Suite’s open house, featuring live entertainment, appetizers, wine tasting and door prizes.
- The Anatomy of Difficult Conversations, October 19, 2012, 12:00 – 2:00pm, Eaglequest Coquitlam – Michael Walsh, founder of Kaizen Consulting will take you through the tools needed to approach difficult conversations with confidence.
If you really want to get the full Small Business Week experience, you can purchase an event pass to get you into the last four events. For more information, or to register for any of the sessions, stop by the website.